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The latest edition of The Grand is done and dusted, and it is Joel Nystedt who gets to call himself the tournament’s champion, at least for the next seven days. Nystedt came out on top a 106 strong field and reeled in $23,924 of the $105,955 prize pool, a sum far greater than the advertised $75,000 guarantee.

The final phase, a $1,050 buy-in real-name tournament, shuffled up and dealt on the evening of October 16 and crowned its champion a shade under eight hours after the first cards were dealt.

Players including Jonathan Proudfoot, Christian Jeppsson, Simon Mattsson, our very own Patrick Leonard and Yuri Dzivielevski, Ole Schemion, Andras Nemeth, and Benjamin Rolle busted before the money places, the latter popping the money bubble with his 21st place finish.

The final table was set when Team Online’s Matthew Staples crashed out in tenth place, a finish good for $2,719.

The Grand Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize
1 Joel Nystedt Austria $23,924
2 Gediminas Uselis Mexico $15,580
3 Pedro Garagnani Brazil $10,853
4 Karim Maekelberg Belgium $7,827
5 Rodrigo Sirichuk Brazil $5,942
6 Alexander Norden Sweden $4,859
7 Leon Sturm Austria $4,188
8 Vladislav Martynenko Ukraine $3,638
9 Theo Bijaoui United Kingdom $3,106

Theo Bijaoui was the first of the nine finalists to be relieved of their chips; their ninth-place finish came with $3,106. Next to fall was Ukrainian Vladislav Martynenko, who collected $3,638.

Leon Sturm ($4,188), Alexander Norden ($4,859), Rodrigo Sirichuk ($5,942), and Belgian Karim Maekelberg ($7,827) were the next casualties. Maekelberg’s untimely demise left only three players in the hunt for the title, all three now guaranteed a five-figure score for their efforts.

Pedro Garagnani was the first of the final trio to win more than $10,000; his third-place finish resulting in $10,853 hitting his PartyPoker account. The Brazilian’s exit left Joel Nystedt heads-up against Mexico-based Lithuanian star Gediminas Uselis. Nytedt busted his final opponents and received the $23,924 top prize, resigning Uselis to a $15,580 consolation prize.

Other Weekend Results

There was a five-figure prize for “Briatore50” this weekend. They came out on top of a 68-player field in the Super $530 and walked away with $11,967, with bounties included. Matthew Staples finished seventh in the same tournament for a $2,008 score.

In the Super $215, it was “QuiAzarr” who triumphed, navigating their way through 280 opponents to secure a $7,544 top prize. Shout-out also to “AllensFish” whose victory in the Super $320 came with $9,219.

Finally, the Super $55 drew in 1,075 PartyPoker players this weekend, and they created a $53,750 prize pool. The popular PKO event was taken down by “am2pm” who is now $5,785 richer than they were a couple of days ago.

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